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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

UN announced new courtrooms for piracy trials
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On June 25, 2010, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that it had opened a courtroom in Kenya to hear maritime piracy cases. The UNODC, with support from donor states such as Australia, Canada, the EU and the US, established the high security courtroom to prosecute suspected Somali pirates and handle other serious criminal offenses. Prior to the opening of the new court, Kenya had expressed a desire to cease handling piracy cases due to its overburdened legal system and insufficient support from the international community. The UN continued to address maritime piracy concerns, and in November 2012 provided a plan for a coordinated international approach to tackle the issue.

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